When a car accident takes place, circumstances can go from bad to worse. This simply proves that safety should be on the top of the list of your priorities. After the incident, check yourself and your passenger if injuries were sustained. You should also check out other people who are involved in the incident if at all possible. Make sure that anyone that may have accidental injuries moves as little as probable, and minimize your movement.

If it is not going to compromise your safety further, then leave your vehicle in the proper place of the incident. The vehicles may be in a position that may be dangerous if left and in this situation it is vital to try to move the automobiles to a safe place. Before anything is moved from its original position, ensure that you photographed the scene or take note of crucial information if cams aren’t accessible.

It is usually better to call the police station initially. It would be difficult for you to get out of the situation if it’s not reported. Getting the detailed report from a police officer is really important. Almost all accident reports will have a part where the motorist’s information is stated for all parties involved. They would obtain the driver’s name, the contact details, the license number of the driver, the policy number as well as the insurance provider. It is extremely important to make sure that these are accumulated because they might be put in great utilization afterwards. Accumulate the details yourself if the police object to provide you a copy of the report because this is very critical. Also make sure to note the license plate number, maker, model, and color of all of the vehicles involved.

Insurance is vitally important when you had an accident, so make sure that you contact your insurance provider. The car insurance company will get all of the details regarding the incident and be the go between for you and the other drivers involved in the accident. It is also a smart idea to call a certified attorney in order to have someone who is well trained in all of the regulations and rules that follow a personal injury law suit. The legal professional will be able to fight for you and assure that your best interests are looked out for in the long run. They will be capable to instruct you and direct you through the procedure in order to make sure that you will be able to have all of information that you will need in order to be able to successfully proceed with your law suit.

Victoria Pynchon is an attorney-mediator and arbitrator. She is also a principal in the She Negotiates Consulting and Training firm for which her blog “She Negotiates” is named. In addition to writing for the Forbes.com legal blog “On the Docket,” Pynchon also authored the book “A is for A**hole, the Grownups' ABCs of Conflict Resolution.